Last week, I went out and bought a brand spankin’ new 9×5 inch loaf pan from Williams Sonoma. In case you’re wondering, this purchase was funded by my birthday money. While we are indeed working hard at saving our money for our emergency fund, birthday money is exempt from that, and it’s set aside for me to spend however I want (I do have a track record of letting this money sit in my personal spending account for quite some time, though!).
I bought my first Williams-Sonoma loaf pan a few years ago, after I read that Cook’s (you knew that was coming, didn’t you?) had give them a top rating. The $25 price tag put me off a bit, so I only bought one. I’ve been very happy with its performance, though, happy enough that I bought a second pan last year. These pans are very heavy and sturdy, and the non-stick finish is far more durable than the finish on any other bread pan I’ve owned, and I’ve owned quite a few!. My only complaint is that they don’t have a handle on them, so you really do need to use two hands to get them out of the oven. Well, and it’s also mildly annoying that they’re only available from Williams-Sonoma, because you’ll have to pay shipping if you’re not fortunate enough to have a Williams-Sonoma store in your area.
Non-stick finishes do tend to wear off after a while so I’m slightly nervous that these pans won’t last a lifetime, but my original pan has already outlasted the cheaper types I have, and the finish on it shows no signs of wear. And since I hate using glass for yeast breads (I grease and grease, but the bread still sticks), and I’m not a big fan of stoneware loaf pans either, these have been a good alternative for me.
At any rate, now that I have three of these,
I can make three of these at a time,
which is perfect, because three is precisely the number of loaves that fit neatly into my oven.
Now I just need two more of the Gold-touch 4×6 pans (I only have one), and I’ll be in good shape. 😉 I do have some more birthday money left…